In short: my god, i love finishing this race!! In full: as usual a fantastic race, well organised and very friendly. hills and mud and hills and mud and hills and beer. Date of review: November 24, 2013
In short: Another great event In full: Not as much mud as last year (shame), great organisation, great marshalls and feed station helpers, and great supporters. Many thanks to all concerned. A real toughie. Date of review: November 24, 2013
In short: Hilly, Rugged, Hard Work. In full: Very Hilly Course, don't normally like loop courses, but given the severity of the Hills there was a weird perverse enjoyment in knowing what was coming the second time around.
Actually found the down hills more painful than the ups.
Great atmosphere at finish and Bottle of beer at the finish (a Great Touch) Date of review: November 24, 2013
In short: Fantastic but brutal hilly race In full: Wonderful charity event. Really well organised - such good fun. Fantastic technical long sleeve - best finishers tops of all the races I do - decent material, decent graphic, and everyone's name on the back! Fantastic :) Date of review: November 24, 2013
In short: If you like hills this is the one for you! In full: Ran last year, ran this year with Snowdonia hillwork behind me and found it a lot easier despite the course being in a far worse state (I don't remember branches floating in lakes of mud!)Great idea taking the stiles out made for a much smoother first lap, no extra mile this year and as always brilliant marshals really encouraging and friendly. The hills are tough but most are runnable, there are a couple of stretches where it is quicker to walk. On finishing you get a nice T Shirt in smaller sizes for the ladies, a nice medal, and bottle of beer, plus changing with a (cold) shower, pretty good for the money!
The only slight point, its not a criticism, just a thought, is that on the steep, rutted, stony track that leads onto the steep tarmac lane it is a real case of watching where you put your feet rather than watching where other competitors are coming from, I wonder if the course could be modified so that you don't have to pass people in the opposite direction. I didn't notice this last year but with the extra numbers and the route still being open to the public that was the only stretch I didn't enjoy.
This is definitely one for the race calendar, although next year is only a maybe for me as I may try out a local race for a change. As I said last year 11/10, give it a go!!! Date of review: November 29, 2012